Class AA girls: Seton-LaSalle storms past Bishop Canevin
February 25, 2014 11:28 PM
Burrell's Sydney Bordonaro, left, draws a foul from Greensburg Central Catholic's Carolyn Appelby in the second half Tuesday night.
By Drew Karpen / Tri-State Sports & News Service
Seton-LaSalle gained a measure of revenge Tuesday night when the Rebels knocked off Section 4 rival Bishop Canevin, 60-42, in the WPIAL Class AA girls basketball semifinals at Chartiers Valley High School.
Last season, Canevin beat Seton-LaSalle in the WPIAL final.
"We are very excited to be to the finals, and, for some of these kids, it is their fourth straight finals," Seton-LaSalle's first-year coach Spencer Stefko said.
Burrell 51, Greensburg Central Catholic 47
Burrell Girls win over Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL Playoff game
"We went through a rough stretch in the middle but we had a strong first quarter. We are still a work in progress and we have some things we need to sure up before we get down to the Palumbo Center on Friday."
The Rebels, who won the WPIAL title in 2011 and 2012, jumped to an early, 11-3 lead behind 6-foot senior Naje Gibson.
Gibson took advantage of her size, scoring seven points in the opening quarter and finished with a game-high 17 points. Fellow senior Yacine Diop chipped in with 15.
Becca Turney was the lone Crusader in double digits with 14 points.
■ Burrell 51, Greensburg Central Catholic 47: After falling behind by eight points late in the second quarter, undefeated Burrell (25-0) finished strong to beat Greensburg Central Catholic (19-5) at Baldwin. With the win, the Bucs reached the title game for the first time.
"You can see. We have some tears of joy," said Burrell coach Meghan Ziemanski.
Junior guard Sydney Bordonaro and sophomore forward Natalie Myers formed a potent 1-2 punch for Burrell. Bordonaro had 21 points and was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Myers had 15 points and 11 rebounds and scored 11 points in the third quarter.
Carolyn Appleby had four 3-pointers and a game-high 26 points for Greensburg Central Catholic.
After falling behind, 26-18, in the second quarter, Burrell sliced the deficit to 26-22 at halftime and took the lead, 32-31, on two free throws by Myers in the third quarter.
"I don't think it was anything in particular that turned the game," Ziemanski said. "I think it was just our girls knew it was time to turn it up. They've done that all year."
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